The Sun Is My Compass
To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude. — Jeanne Moreau
Surfing through my photo archives again … Photographically speaking, the summer months are my least productive months.
This is one of those shots where reverse ND grads would come in handy. A 3 stops Daryl Benson Reverse ND grad is on my list of filters to purchase this winter. For this shot, I wanted to retain the sun’s highlight; thus I decided to keep the sun in check and let the sky be much darker than in real life.
I did create another version where the sky was much brighter to depict a more realistic capture of the scene, but I felt that the bright sky dominated the viewer’s attention. With a brighter sky and foreground, the stone and the sun got lost in the brilliance of the clouds and their reflections. Thus I decided to post this darker version where I get the vignetting effect without introducing artificial vignetting.
EXIF & Info
- Canon EOS 5D
- Canon EF 17-40mm F4L USM
- Lee 0.9 hard-edge GND
- Gitzo GT3530S 6x + RRS BH-55 LR ballhead
- [F19] [1/6s] [21mm] [ISO 50]
- Exposure Mode:
- Date Taken:
- December 22, 2007
- June 11, 2009 at 12:37 am